Francis House of Prayer
TrenTON DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL CENTER
ADVENT BEGINS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND
ADVENT RETREAT DAY
LASTING HAPPINESS IN A CHANGING WORLD
Monday, December 3 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Advent is such a special season of grace, often lost in the shuffle of the Christmas rush! We will travel through Advent this year with The Book of Joy. It is a perfect companion for this busy and stressful season. It may become first on your list of Christmas gifts for others too. I am certain that your Advent Season will be greatly enriched by this choice. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy this holy time! Donation: $35, includes book and lunch.
PERSONAL RETREAT DAY
Wednesday, December 5 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Take a day away from the busyness of your life to rest a while in the Lord and experience God’s presence. Come to Francis House for silence, personal prayer and optional spiritual direction. The day begins and ends with a brief prayer together. Come to as many as you can. Donation: $10; $40 with spiritual direction. Please bring a bag lunch.
CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT WEEKEND
Dec. 7 – 9 7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday
A centering prayer weekend provides the time, space and discipline needed to experience the inner stillness which occurs when given the opportunity for frequent centering prayer periods alone and in common. John of the Cross refers to “restful tranquility” and “solitary quietude” when speaking of contemplation. Jesus says, “Come to me all you who are weary, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Mt. 11:28) Donation: $130/$50 non-refundable deposit. Commuters welcome, all meals included.
Sunday, December 9 2:00 – 4:00 PM
All SSJ Associates please come! We will continue our study of SSJ Spirituality to take the charism of unity and reconciliation into our beloved world, which is in such great need of love. Come to as many as you can.
BE BORN IN ME
MAKE MY HEART YOUR BETHLEHEM
Wednesday, December 19 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
This retreat morning will allow you the time and space to celebrate Christmas spiritually, as most of us do not have that opportunity on the day itself. Spending this time with God makes a huge difference in the final days before Christmas, as you continue your preparation for the feast and will enhance your entire Christmas Season. “I’ll hold you in the beginning, you will hold me in the end. Every moment in the middle, make my heart your Bethlehem. Be Born in Me.” (Battistelli) Please come. Donation: $20, lunch included.
SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT WEEKEND
December 21 – 23 7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday
Due to the frantic pace of contemporary life, it is essential for our spiritual and physical health to take time to pray. A weekend directed retreat offers you the opportunity to experience the graced rhythm of life in which silence and rest restore your body and God revives your soul. Liturgy, spiritual direction and optional contemplative prayer periods are included. Please register early. These fill quickly. Donation: $130/$50 non-refundable deposit with registration.
END OF THE YEAR RETREAT
Monday, December 31 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Since God gives us life and time and is Lord over all, it seems appropriate to end the year in prayer. Francis House offers time, space and quiet for naming the graces of 2018 and expressing gratitude to God. The afternoon will focus on our goals, hopes and desires for 2019. Please bring a bag lunch. Love Offering.
9 PATHS TO WHOLENESS AND HOLINESS
January 11 – 13, 2019
7:00 PM Friday to 1:00 PM Sunday
During this weekend retreat, we will study 9 different personality types and the path to holiness and interior freedom for each. We are all afflicted and blessed by this human condition of ours. God knows what each of us needs and guides us each along a way to wholeness and holiness that is unique, yet universal. The main goal of the weekend is to grow in understanding, acceptance and compassion for ourselves and others. We all need that. Donation: $150/$50 non-refundable deposit. Residents and commuters welcome. All meals and materials provided.
Please register for all programs by calling 609-877-0509. Be sure to include your full name and PHONE NUMBER and the title of the program on our voice mail. Registering by phone is preferred!
If you wish to register by email, refer to "Contact Us."